Virat Kohli's Rapid Rise: How He Leaped to the 6th Position in ICC Test Rankings

Virat Kohli's rapid rise in the ICC Test rankings propelled him to the 6th position. Learn about the milestones and achievements that contributed to his remarkable journey as one of the top-ranked Test batsmen.

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India's cricket team has been making waves in the ICC Test Rankings, with several players climbing up the ladder and showcasing their skills on the international stage. In the latest rankings, Virat Kohli has jumped three spots to claim the sixth position among batters, while Indian captain Rohit Sharma has entered the top 10 following his crucial knocks in India's second and final Test against South Africa. 


Batsmen Rankings

In the ICC Test Rankings for batters, New Zealand's former captain Kane Williamson continues to hold the top spot with an impressive rating of 864. Australia's Marnus Labuschagne has also made a significant jump, climbing three spots to secure the third position with 802 rating points. However, it is Virat Kohli who has caught the attention by moving up to the sixth position with 775 rating points. Kohli's consistent performance and determination have played a crucial role in his rise in the rankings.

Top 10 Batsmen in ICC Test Rankings

Rank Player Rating Points
1 Kane Williamson 864
2 Joe Root 859
3 Steve Smith 818
4 Marnus Labuschagne 802
5 Daryl Mitchell 786
6 Virat Kohli 775
7 Harry Brook 773
8 Babar Azam 768
9 Usman Khawaja 764
10 Rohit Sharma 748

Bowlers Rankings

In the bowling list, Indian pacers Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah have shown remarkable improvement in their rankings. Both players delivered exceptional performances, accounting for five-fers in India's win against South Africa. However, it is R Ashwin who continues to hold the top position in the ICC Test Rankings for bowlers with 863 rating points. Pat Cummins, the Australian captain, has closed in on Ashwin's lead with 858 rating points. Another notable mention is Josh Hazlewood, who has equalled England's veteran James Anderson at the seventh spot with 761 rating points.


Top 10 Bowlers in ICC Test Rankings

Rank Player Rating Points
1 R Ashwin 863
2 Pat Cummins 858
3 Kagiso Rabada 851
4 Jasprit Bumrah 787
5 Ravindra Jadeja 774
6 Ollie Robinson 762
7 James Anderson 761
7 Josh Hazlewood 761
9 Mitchell Starc 753
10 Prabath Jayasuriya 751

Indian Players' Performances


India's Test team has been performing exceptionally well, and the recent series against South Africa showcased their talent and determination. Virat Kohli's rise in the rankings is a testament to his consistent performance and ability to lead the team from the front. His aggressive batting style and focus on building partnerships have earned him a well-deserved spot among the top batters in the world.

Rohit Sharma's entry into the top 10 is a result of his crucial knocks in the second and final Test against South Africa. Sharma's ability to adapt to different formats and his explosive batting skills make him a valuable asset to the Indian team.

The Indian bowling attack has also witnessed significant improvements. Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah's exceptional performances in the Cape Town win have propelled them up the rankings. Their ability to swing the ball, maintain a consistent line and length, and deliver crucial breakthroughs have made them key players in India's success.


India's Ranking in Tests

Despite drawing the series against South Africa, India's strong performances have helped them maintain their position among the top-ranked Test teams. However, Australia's series whitewash against Pakistan has allowed them to dethrone India and claim the number one spot in the ICC Test Rankings. Australia's dominant display and comprehensive victories have bolstered their lead, and they will look to further solidify their position in the upcoming home Tests against West Indies.


India's cricket team continues to make strides in the ICC Test Rankings, with players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, and Jasprit Bumrah showcasing their skills and contributing to the team's success. While India may have slipped to the second position in the team rankings, their consistent performances and determination ensure that they remain a force to be reckoned with in the Test format. As the players continue to excel individually and as a team, Indian cricket fans have reasons to be optimistic about the future of Indian Test cricket.


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